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August 11, 2017

The Knife Daily Cut: Kenya | US destroyer | Yemen drownings | New Orleans flooding | Diplomats in Cuba | North Korea

International election observers from the European Union, The Commonwealth and the U.S.-based Carter Center called Wednesday’s general election in Kenya “credible” and “transparent.” Preliminary results show incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta in the lead. Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who co-leads the Carter Center’s election observer team, said at a press conference in Nairobi […]

August 7, 2017

Opposing assumptions in the coverage of Israel’s plan to close Al Jazeera

Israel announced plans to close news outlet Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem offices, revoke its journalists’ press credentials, and take its Arabic and English channels off the air. Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara made the announcement about the Qatari state-funded network on Sunday, saying, “We have based our decision on the move by Sunni Arab states to […]

July 26, 2017

Bias, blame and blind spots: Al-Aqsa mosque and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Israel’s Security Cabinet announced Tuesday it had decided to remove metal detectors from entrances to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem. A statement from the Israeli government said the decision had been made on “the recommendation of all the security bodies,” and that the detectors would be replaced with “advanced” surveillance technology. The metal detectors, […]

July 9, 2017

The Syrian ceasefire: Seeking balance in the news

A ceasefire, or “de-escalation agreement” for areas in southwest Syria went into effect Sunday at noon local time (0900 GMT). The agreement, which was negotiated by the U.S., Russia and Jordan, applies to Deraa province, which borders Jordan and Lebanon, and Sweida and Quneitra provinces. The U.K.-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported […]

June 25, 2017

Missing information in the coverage of the sanctions on Qatar

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain suspended diplomatic and trade relations with Qatar, alleging the small Gulf country engaged with “terrorist and sectarian” groups, according to a Saudi statement reported by Time. On June 22, Qatar received a list from these countries detailing 13 demands and a 10-day […]

May 31, 2017

Truck bomb in Kabul kills at least 80, injures 463

On Wednesday, a truck bomb killed at least 80 people and injured 463 in Kabul, according to General Murad Ali Murad, Afghanistan’s Deputy Interior Minister. Media reports said the majority of the victims were civilians on their way to work. Afghan officials said the total number of people killed was likely to increase. There was […]